- Follow the flag on the map to your next destination
- fight bad guys along the way
- Arrive at the flag and fight a boss
- Die? Level grind until you can kill the boss.
- Kill the boss then backtrack across screens and screens of maps to your next flag destination.
- Equip new swords once you get enough points to forge them.
That's literally it. The graphics are amazing though and I think that's why I'm still compelled to play through to the end. I'm certain the last boss is going to be an multi-screen stunner. Until then it's a real grind to get to the end of both journeys.